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TJ Mayes - "When Love Comes Down"

’50s era rock ’n’ roll had been long overdue for a rebirth. Thankfully, the stockpile of capable luminaries has not been in short supply over the past few years. 

07/23/2014 | Comments 0

Boare - "playdatshit"

The world is in the midst of an electronic music renaissance, and you find most of this boon of producers laying claim to the club-friendly, bass-dropping variety, holing up in the the free-flowing world of hip-hop beatmaking or pitching their tent on the out-there, boundary-pushing EDM camp.
07/23/2014 | Comments 0

Broncho - "Class Historian"

Broncho has never been hurting in the hook department. The success of the trio’s 2011 debut, Can’t Get Past the Lips, was predicated mostly on its ability to marry melodies with kinetic guitar riffs and anarchic energy. Yet we’ve heard nothing to the degree of pure pop catchiness on display in “Class Historian,” the new single from Broncho’s upcoming sophomore album, Just Enough Hip to Be Woman.
07/23/2014 | Comments 0

Manmade Objects - Monuments

No one wants to be forgotten; everyone wants some sort of legacy, a mark they leave behind as they exit this life for whatever lies beyond.

And for as long as there has been death, there have been monuments — whether austere or understated, abstract or concrete, prominent or tucked away in private — erected by the ones they loved to assure that remembrance, at least for a time.
07/15/2014 | Comments 0

Admirals - Amidst the Blue

Sometimes it helps to not be very good.

Some of the best albums and artists were born out of happy accidents owed to varying degrees of early suckage — the perfect note or chord for a song found by missing the one you are aiming for, failed mimicry of an idol bearing something entirely new and great instead.

07/09/2014 | Comments 0
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Needle points

Jenn Scott March 21st, 2012

If you’re listening to your favorite music, you’re likely in your happy place, too. It’s important to stay loyal to your roots.

Who cares if you can list 10 bands named for odd animals and random fruit? I sure don’t. The point is, it’s imperative you let your musical tastes reflect what makes you happy, the stuff that makes you hum along or tap your toe.

For example, I unabashedly love pop music — especially the ultra-tacky and clubby Euro-pop kind. On the other hand, I also have a deep admiration for jazz, namely modern innovators. I tend to find things I like in between those genres, too, no matter the band name or level of obscurity.

Something that always enhances the experience of my favorite albums — and we’re talking vinyl here — is the sound a needle makes when it drops on to the record to begin its journey around and around to produce my favorite tunes.

It’s a multifaceted pleasure that begins with the rare find in a secondhand record shop, and culminates in the best part: listening and enjoyment.

right Guestroom Records at 3701 N. Western

Try out these local shops to sift through a plethora of music from a host of decades and genres.

Guestroom Records (3701 N. Western; 601-3859) now has three metro locations, and all are packed of your favorite jams from yesteryear to the new Young Magic album.

At the store on Western, make sure you pay adequate attention to the shop kitty. He’s fluffy and friendly, and obviously the guard.

While you’re in the area, stop into Size Records (8915 N. Western; 607- 4805). Can’t make it in as frequently as you’d like? The store staff updates its Facebook page with new arrivals.

Keep Guestroom and Size in mind for Record Store Day on April 21. Special, limited-edition vinyl and CD releases will be available that Saturday, as well as other fun, music-related events and possible live shows.

If you are in need a starter record player or if your beloved turntable needs some work or if you’re simply a fan of jazz, you should visit Charlie at Charlie’s Jazz-Rhythm and Blues (5114 Classen Circle; 843-6902). Tucked next to the Classen Grill and across the street from Edna’s, this little shop has been jamming since the late ’80s.

Whether rock or rap, country or classical, fill up your collection with records that make you smile. Let’s shop, OKC!

Photo by Hannah Colclazier

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